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5th Circuit affirms finding for bankruptcy trustee in wage garnishment case

Sam Knef Mar. 21, 2017, 10:39am

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a finding in favor of a bankruptcy trustee in a dispute over $1,756.04 in garnished wages.

Summary judgment for Wal-Mart in slip-and-fall case reversed and remanded

Sam Knef Mar. 21, 2017, 10:31am

NEW ORLEANS — A woman's slip-and-fall case against Wal-Mart has been given new life at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Southern University professor’s retaliation claim gets mixed ruling by 5th Circuit

Sam Knef Mar. 15, 2017, 7:15pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a Southern University math professor's Title VII retaliation claim against her employer and supervisor.

Appeals court finds in favor of construction company over Golden Nugget Lake Charles in lien dispute

Sam Knef Mar. 12, 2017, 10:45pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has found in favor of a construction company over Golden Nugget Lake Charles in a $18.7 million lien dispute.

Fifth Circuit rules companies can reform indemnity provisions in contract

Sam Knef Mar. 12, 2017, 9:43pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court’s ruling in an insurance dispute that allowed changes to be made to a contract so that an injured offshore worker could get a $2.5 million settlement.

Appellate court affirms that maritime law applies in case involving injured offshore well worker

Sam Knef Mar. 8, 2017, 1:59pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that maritime law applies in the case of an injured offshore natural-gas well worker on a fixed production platform.

Appeals panel upholds summary judgment for doctor in prisoner suit

Sam Knef Mar. 3, 2017, 10:30pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a doctor treating a prisoner at the maximum security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was not deliberately indifferent in treating his pain. 

Conviction of New Orleans traffic court accountant who overbilled will stand

Sam Knef Mar. 3, 2017, 9:30pm

NEW ORLEANS — The conviction and three-year sentence of an accountant found guilty of theft, money laundering and unlawful payment structuring while working as a contractor for the New Orleans Traffic Court will stand, a court has ruled.

Appeals court affirms district court's denial to review boat lift operator’s Horizon claim

Sam Knef Mar. 3, 2017, 9:07pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a finding from federal court in New Orleans that refused to hear a boat lift operator's claim for damages involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

Criminal-defense attorney reinstated following misconduct charges

Sam Knef Mar. 3, 2017, 9:07pm

NEW ORLEANS — Criminal-defense attorney Frank Ferrara of Walker has been conditionally reinstated to the practice of law in Louisiana, subject to a two-year period of probation.

Court of Appeals rejects Houma oyster operator's request for $3.4 million in oil spill loss

Sam Knef Feb. 26, 2017, 11:25pm

NEW ORLEANS — A Houma oyster processing business that was forced to shut down after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has lost its bid to get more compensation from the BP Economic and Property Damages Settlement fund.

Appeals court upholds denial of citizenship to resident convicted of aggravated felony

Sam Knef Feb. 19, 2017, 4:49pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to deny citizenship to a permanent resident who had been convicted of conspiracy to commit false or altered lottery tickets.

Detainee can pursue claims against prison worker over delayed medications

Sam Knef Feb. 19, 2017, 1:03pm

NEW ORLEANS — A Concordia Parish Correctional Facility detainee who had been stabbed and stomped on by fellow inmates will get to pursue legal claims against a prison worker who allegedly delayed medical care for more than 10 days after the attack.

Dissenting judges compare actions of majority to that of dusky gopher frog

Sam Knef Feb. 19, 2017, 12:56pm

NEW ORLEANS — Six judges who would have re-heard an Endangered Species Act case en banc offered a dissenting opinion that poked fun of a panel and a majority of 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges, comparing their actions to that of the dusky gopher frog.

Appeals court finds 1977 precedent in age discrimination case still holds

Sam Knef Feb. 19, 2017, 11:05am

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a wrongful-termination lawsuit brought by a nurse who claimed she was fired for raising age-discrimination complaints.

Appeals court that contingency fee obtained in fraudulent oil-spill claim can be retained

Sam Knef Feb. 12, 2017, 10:13pm

NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit-lending company that had been ordered to pay back $20,000 in restitution for fees it obtained from a fraudulent Deepwater Horizon claim can keep it.

Louisiana Supreme Court finds Evangeline Parish deputy sheriff not covered under department policy

Sam Knef Feb. 12, 2017, 10:00pm

The Louisiana Supreme Court found that an appeals court committed legal error when it found ambiguity in the language of an insurance policy held by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department.

Appellate court issues mixed ruling in a case arising from a heated Jefferson Parish council meeting

Sam Knef Feb. 12, 2017, 7:31pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th District Court of Appeals has issued a mixed ruling in a case arising from a heated Jefferson Parish council meeting in Gretna in 2013, in which a citizen was ejected after raising questions about a no-bid contract awarded to a campaign contributor.

Court of Appeals denies Alabama radiology group’s claim for oil-spill damages

Sam Knef Feb. 12, 2017, 2:28pm

NEW ORLEANS — An Alabama radiology practice that was denied business-loss compensation by the claims program for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been denied again at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Fifth Circuit sides with commercial fishermen in Gulf red-snapper case

Sam Knef Feb. 12, 2017, 2:23pm

NEW ORLEANS — In a dispute pitting recreational anglers against commercial fishermen in the management of red snapper in Gulf waters, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has sided with the interests of the Charter Fisherman's Association.